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Well it all starts on the pickup day. As we went for a three hour drive to the VBA property, where we met Jen at the gate. Anxious to meet my baby brumby we drove down the laneway with brumbies staring at us from every direction. While mum backed the float up to the pen I went to see who I got, it was like love at first site! All I could see was a little teddy bear with huge brown eyes staring at me. The load on was pretty straight forward, well for me it was but for Colleen I'm not so sure. When we got home I was surprised to see my grandpa and grandma at home eager to meet him. We had his pen set up for him and we opened the float door but wait HE DIDNT COME FLYING OUT!!! He waited in the float for a while, it took a lot of coaxing but his curiosity got the better of him and he came wandering out.

Over the past 7 days I've learned a lot about Taffy, like his love for Lucerne, which I am now using as a treat for him. I have decided to train him using the clicker training method as I think it will help his confidence around humans. Along with learning about the things he loves I have also recognized the signs he gives when he is getting overwhelmed. I moved a little bit too quick for him in the first few days trying to get the halter on and he got upset and turned his bum. After that I went back to target training with my hand to build his confidence up again and I am now very close to getting the halter on. 
He has really started to settle in and even made a friend with our other young brumby Trooper. The more time I spend with him the more I am getting to see his cheeky nature come out and I am very excited to see how far we can get. 

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